An open house is like a first date. The way your home is presented makes an impression on potential buyers, and that impression can either lead to a beautiful long-term relationship or cause them to see other homes and never return. While there are many factors that go into buying a home, the first decision someone will make will be based on their feelings and if they like the home or not, which directly relates to the open house.
Properties That Are Worthwhile
When you are ready to move and want to have an open house, there are a few steps you will need to take to distinguish your home among the others for sale. Because time is precious, people will only want to view your home if it seems worthwhile. With the right preparation and marketing, you can achieve those goals. Preparing your home for an open house may be difficult if you don’t know what to expect. Take a look at the 8 simple tips below and you will be ready in no time.
1. Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness
The first step you will want to take to prepare your home for an open house is to clean. Whether you already have a spotless home or piles of clutter, you should remove any stacks of books, papers, and even personal items. You want buyers to see themselves living in your home, so packing away your family photos and sometimes even furniture is the best tactic to not only help you move one, but also to help buyers visualize themselves living there.
2. No One Wants A Fixer Upper
Running through your home and making a quick checklist of easy fixes you can make will help tremendously. Even something as simple as a leaky faucet can turn away someone. With minor fixes such as replacing any broken doorknobs or windows, replacing any chipped tile, covering nail holes in walls, removing any stains on the floor or walls, etc., is a great start.
3. Master The Technique of Staging
One of the most important strategies for an open house is staging. The rule of successful marketing is to show the product in its best light. No matter what you want to believe, humans are creatures of first impressions. We judge a book by its cover and a house by its looks. If the house doesn’t look attractive it won’t feel like a comfortable place to live.
4. Dress Up Your Balcony, Porch or Deck
If you have a balcony don’t forget to show it off. Buy some potted plants or set out a table and chairs to make it appealing. While some homes don’t have a front porch or deck in the back, if you do, be sure to give it an extra special touch. Porches and decks are desirable items; so make sure you give it extra pizzazz by adding a rug, a comfy rocking chair or sofa, and a few decorative lights or lanterns.
5. Clear Out Your Garage, Basement and Attic
Whether you use your garage or basement as storage or as a room, clearing it out is a start. However, if you want an extra selling point, people are often intrigued by the idea of turning an attic or basement into a useful room such as a kid’s play room, an in-home theater, an office or otherwise. Whether you are willing to put the work into remodeling or not, a clear space is better for the buyer’s imagination, rather than a room filled with junk.
6. Brighten Each Room
Whether you want to give the house a quick touch up with new paint (especially if it is needed), or simply replacing the light bulbs, this will help give the home a cheery, warm feeling.
7. Turn Doing Laundry Into A Dream
No one likes household chores, even laundry. But if you had a charming laundry room, you may even get a little excited about it. Redesign the laundry room with shelves for organization, painted walls, and display some fresh folded sheets or towels as an example of how breezy it can be.
8. Marketing Your Home
Once you have completed your preparations and you are ready for your open house, the last step is marketing your home. If you want your sale to be a success, this is an essential step and with an experienced real estate agent by your side, you will be able to accomplish your goals.
Properties are more sellable when they are properly prepared. We hope these tips help you when you start preparing to sell your house.